Craig L. Judson

  • Managing Shareholder

Location :

  • Walnut Creek, CA

Phone :

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Areas Of Practice

  • Civil Litigation
  • Estate & Trust Litigation
  • Estate Planning
  • Probate
  • Trust Administration
  • Conservatorships and Guardianships
  • Public Agencies
  • Business Entities
  • Inverse Condemnation
  • Construction
  • Real Estate
  • Personal Injury
Craig Judson is the Managing Shareholder with Bold, Polisner, Maddow, Nelson & Judson, APC.  He received his Bachelor of Arts from UC Davis in 1981 in political science / public service.  He graduated cum laude and with Phi Beta Kappa honors.  He also earned his Juris Doctor from the UC Davis School of Law in 1984.

His practice focuses primarily in the area of estate and trust planning, trust and probate administration, and related probate litigation.  He also has a significant general civil litigation practice, involving real estate, construction defect, personal injury, and contract disputes.  Through his work, Craig has significant experience representing numerous local public agencies in civil litigation matters including real estate, inverse condemnation, construction, and personal injury defense.  He also participates in general business matters related to the public agency representation portion of the firm’s practice, most notably representing water agencies.

He is an adjunct law school professor at UC Davis School of Law, teaching in the area of Trusts and Estates and Civil Litigation.

Craig is a member of the American, California, and Contra Costa Bar Associations, the Professional Fiduciary Association of California (“PFAC”), and also serves as a private arbitrator and mediator.

Craig resides in Walnut Creek with his wife of 35+ years, Jill, a California Licensed Professional Fiduciary in Walnut Creek.  The entire family are alums of UC Davis.  Their son, Scott, is an attorney practicing with the firm in trusts and estates, and their daughter, Stacy, teaches elementary school in San Ramon.  Craig and Jill, have two grandchildren, Sydney and Tanner.Craig is a three-time past president of their local synagogue, serving on the board of directors for 27 years.  He currently serves on the board of directors for The Reutlinger Community, a non-profit 180-bed senior facility in Danville which provides assisted living, skilled nursing, and memory care, and also as a director for the charity A Brighter Day, which provides resources and support for Bay Area teenagers struggling feelings of depression, sadness, isolation, suicide, stress, and helplessness. 

The Judsons are avid San Jose Sharks hockey fans, and active supporters of many community programs.

Professional Associations And Memberships

  • American Bar Association, Member
  • California Bar Association, Member
  • Contra Costa Bar Association, Member

Past Employment Positions

  • Judson, Webster & Judson, Partner

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1984
  • U.S. Federal Courts, 1984


  • University of California, Davis School of Law, Davis, California
    • J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence - 00/1984
  • University of California, Davis, California
    • B.A. - 1981
    • Honors: cum laude
    • Honors: Phi Beta Kappa

Honors & Awards

  • Pi Sigma Alpha (Honor Society)

Representative Clients

  • Contra Costa Water District
  • North Marin Water District
Rated By | Super Lawyers | Craig L. Judson |
Rated By | Super Lawyers | Craig L. Judson |
Rated By | Super Lawyers | Rising Stars | Scott J. Judson |
Rated By | Super Lawyers | J. Kevin Moore |
Rated By | Super Lawyers | J. Virginia Peiser |
Rated By Super Lawyers Rising Stars Leila Tabrizi,
CCC | BA | Contra Costa County Bar Association | Est. | 1934
Sacramento County Bar Association | Est.1918
Rated By Super Lawyers | Rising Stars | Jacob C. Smith |
PFAC | Professional Fiduciary Association Of California
Top Lawyers 2019 | Sacramento
Top Lawyers 2021 | Sacramento | Magazine
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